Welcome to the blog of the project, Competitive Smallholder Livestock in Botswana. The project has three main objectives, namely:
- to better define smallholder livestock production systems and to identify the factors affecting the productivity of smallholder livestock producers and assess their competitiveness;
- to understand and improve conditions for market participation and value addition in markets for livestock, livestock products and inputs; and
- to strengthen the capacity of agricultural education and extension.
The expected outcomes are improved and more sustainable livelihoods among smallholder livestock keepers, and increased uptake and use of scientific and economic knowledge by those providing services to smallholders.
The project is a collaborative research activity involving the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, the Botswana Ministry of Agriculture and the International Livestock Research Institute. It is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
This blog serves as an online platform to share news and updates about the project as well as to document milestones and lessons. We welcome your feedback so feel free to post questions or comments related to our work.
Welcome, once again, and happy reading!